Makeup artist Bobbi Brown said ‘concealer is the secret of the universe.’ Concealer can hide really dark under eye circles and blemishes, making you look fresh and radiant even when you haven’t had any sleep. But poorly applied concealer can cake or cause ‘reverse racoon eyes’ or obvious white splotches. Here are some tips on flawlessly applied concealer.
Get the right shade
Get the right concealer for your skin tone. It should be the same shade but in thicker consistency than foundation, or one shade lighter. You may want to keep two shades of concealer with you if you sometimes get tanned or pale depending on the climate.
Another trick is to consider the shape of your face. If the undereye area is recessed or slightly sunken then use one shade lighter than your skintone. If the undereye area is puffy use one shade darker.
The trick is to work in very light, sheer layers and just gradually build up coverage. First place several dots under the eyes and then use the tip of your finger to tap (not rub!) it into place. Don’t forget the inner eye where some women tend to get darker.
You can also apply it on dark spots, around the nose, and around the mouth.
Apply a fine, loose powder over concealer to set it so it doesn’t settle into fine lines. Use a large fluffy brush and a light touch—you don’t want to dislodge the concealer.
Concealer should glide on
Prepping the eye area with moisturizer or eyecream can help you blend concealer better.
Check your face and blot off any excess concealer or area that looks splotchy.